Jean Walmsley Heap, the founder of much-loved Burnley pottery PenDelfin, has died aged 87.
Jean started out as an artist, illustrating children’s books. The PenDelfin figurine business grew out of a idea sparked through her friendship with Jeannie Todd, whom she met at a Burnley Artists Society meeting in 1953.
From its early beginnings in a garden shed, the pottery grew to be an internationally-known business – all the time maintaining its base in Burnley. Early pieces – such as the Pendle Witch and the Fairy Shop plaque – are today extremely rare and collectable, as are rare, early rabbits like Aunt Agatha.
Here are a few examples of Jean’s finest work – a wonderful creative talent who will be missed by the PenDelfin community: